Quotable Quotes: July 28, 2014

July 28th, 2014

** “Data is the application that can transform education. Data can enable and support educators to personalize learning for individual students. Applications can use learning styles, interests, and other key pieces of information to target the areas in which students need the most help … Wisely used, it can motivate the gifted and help ensure that underachievers don’t fall through the cracks.” ~ Michael King, Global Education Industry

** “We’re just scratching the surface with our understanding of how the education sector is gathering and looking to monetize student information. We as a society need to have a very clear discussion about how we want to protect the privacy of our children in this environment.” ~ Joel R. Reidenbery, Fordham University

** “Digital citizenship shifts the way we do business and what we prepare our students for. Lots of recruiters don’t even look at resumes; they look at potential employees’ social media sites. We all have a digital footprint. We’re all connected globally.” ~ Jason Borgan, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

** From Oberlin College’s “trigger” guide for professors: “Be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, and other issues of privilege and oppression. Realize that all forms of violence are traumatic, and that your students have lives before and outside your classroom, experiences you may not expect or understand.” (Cissexism means hurtfully implying that most people are either male or female.) (Ableism is making persons with physical handicaps feel inferior.)

** “Right now, America’s schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation’s young students–millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they’re used to. Because they are tougher. It’s a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career, and the global economy. But new standards as rigorous as the Core require lots of other changes–to textbooks, lesson plans, homework assignments. In short, curriculum and the materials needed to teach it. And that’s the problem. Right now, much of that stuff just isn’t ready.” ~ Cory Turner, NPR

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